Reviews of WWW Proceedings

Dated Oct 12, 2021; last modified on Tue, 12 Oct 2021

32nd ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HT ‘21)

Reconstructing Ireland’s Lost History through the Beyond 2022 Project

Aims to create a virtual 3-D reconstruction of the “Record Treasury” of the Public Record Office of Ireland in Dublin. The original one was destroyed in Ireland’s Civil War of 1922. Reassembling will use copies, transcripts and records scattered among archival partners.

The full text of discusses challenges presented by the Beyond 2022 project. Should be more substantive than the forward-looking nature of the abstract above.

Multimodality and Hypertext: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations

Hypertext’s multimodality (ability to combine different forms of expression, e.g. text, image, etc.) does not combine ‘naturally’ enough for user to follow such combinations easily. Boundaries of hypertext and the increasingly ‘hyper’-connected medial world are increasingly permeable, but research on hypertext lacks conceptual tools to engage with the multimodal world. Hypertext should be seen as a computationally supported environment for the development and deployment of core multimodal theoretical constructs such as semiotic modes, media and genres.

This abstract is pretty abstract. No full-text seems available, as this was delivered as a keynote talk in HT ‘21. Maybe subsequent HTs will build on this keynote?

“Semiotic” means “relating to signs and symbols”.

Hate Speech in Political Discourse: A Case Study of UK MPs on Twitter

Captured entire Twitter threads (for better contextualization) between MPs and non-MPs from 1st Oct, 2017 to 29th Nov, 2017. MPs get “pile on” hate when they are already busy with a high volume of mentions regarding some event. Hate is more dense w.r.t. certain topics, e.g. #brexit, #stopbrexit, #universalcredit, #budget2017, #nhs. MPs with an ethnic minority background, and those holding positions in government receive more hate. Citizens express negative sentiments towards MPs of other parties. Male and female MPs received equal amounts of hate, but the nature of hate speech towards female MPs might be of a more concerning nature. The major limitation is that the study is specific to a particular time period and geography, and thus may not generalize.

Manuscripts in the Age of Hypertext

Digital and web authoring have drastically changed the availability and type of traces that reflect both creative and editorial processes. Authors outline a theory of manuscript “transmediations” identifying where and how manuscript cues are reflected in digital technologies. They then propose key challenges and future directions for scholarly editions of digital manuscripts.

I can’t say I understand the importance of digital humanities beyond works that come off as art exhibitions.

References

  1. Towards an Archive of the Future: Reconstructing Ireland's Lost History through the Beyond 2022 Project. Crooks, Peter; Munnelly, Gary. ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, Proceedings of the 32nd. https://doi.org/10.1145/3465336.3475090 . 2021. ISBN: 9781450385510.
  2. Multimodality and Hypertext: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations. Bateman, John; Hiippala, Tuomo. ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, Proceedings of the 32nd. https://doi.org/10.1145/3465336.3475091 . 2021. ISBN: 9781450385510.
  3. Hate Speech in Political Discourse: A Case Study of UK MPs on Twitter. Agarwal, Pushkal; Hawkins, Oliver; Amaxopoulou, Margarita; Dempsey, Noel; Sastry, Nishanth; Wood, Edward. ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, Proceedings of the 32nd. https://doi.org/10.1145/3465336.3475113 . 2021. ISBN: 9781450385510.
  4. Death and Transmediations: Manuscripts in the Age of Hypertext. Antonini, Alessio; Benatti, Francesca; Watson, Nicola; King, Edmund; Gibson, Jonathan. ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, Proceedings of the 32nd. https://doi.org/10.1145/3465336.3475093 . 2021. ISBN: 9781450385510.